Labs and Centers

Labs and Centers
Propelling Invention Forward

   Environmental Engineering  

Center for Environmental Systems
The Center for Environmental Systems is a leader in developing, evaluating and implementing innovative environmental technologies and dedicated to balancing humankind's needs with the natural world.The Center for Environmental Systems is the epicenter of a research and educational partnership between faculty in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, the Department of Defense, and private enterprise.  CES strives to ensure broad and deep research that solves problems spanning engineering, scientific, social, and economic dimensions. The joint programs focus on multiple issues such as developing environmentally-sound ammunitions, organic biodegradable solvents, and novel methods to eliminate metal pollutants. These and many other projects reflect the wide-ranging interests of its professors and students while addressing pressing military and global concerns.

CES Labs Include:

Nicoll Environmental Laboratory
The James C. Nicoll, Jr. Environmental Laboratory (JNEL) is a new, state-of-the-art facility, administered by CES. JNEL provides diversified research services for the development, testing, transfer and implementation of innovative environmental technologies. It has multi-media capabilities for wastewater, liquid waste, solid waste and air studies. Its role is to offer services to industry, government and environmental professional organizations ranging from short duration, highly specialized testing, to long-term applied research studies. JNEL's capabilities cover a broad range including waste stream characterization, process feasibility and waste minimization studies, regulatory acceptance testing for product certification, and environmental compatibility testing of new products.

Materials/Structures Laboratory
The Materials/Structures laboratory is equipped for advanced materials testing. Major equipment includes: A universal 400,000 lb. tension testing machine, a computerized data acquisition system, beam loading frame, freeze-thaw testing apparatus, Versa test compression machine, and high-pressure flexible wall permeameters and environmental testing chambers. Current studies include high strength concrete, fiber reinforced concrete, use of byproducts in concrete production, and durability of materials in construction.

Keck Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Laboratory
The Keck Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory is a fully equipped new facility for cutting-edge computer automated geotechnical, as well as environmental, testing of soil and water media. Some of our current studies involve: testing for the environmental and engineering properties of fly ash, incinerator ash, and other industrial waste-by-product materials to evaluate their use in construction applications; evaluate the properties of dredged materials for reuse in transportation projects; treatment and management of hazardous wastes, focusing on heavy metal and petroleum hydrocarbon immobilization in geoenvironments; study of the fate and transport of contaminants in the subsurface; surface enhancement of currently used industrial wastewater filtration media; development of leaching protocols; etc.

   Ocean Engineering  

DHS National Center of Excellence: Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce
The Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR) is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) designated National Center of Excellence for Port Security.  Led by Stevens Institute of Technology, CSR brings together a unique group of academic institutions and public and private partners.  CSR supports DHS’s efforts to secure our nation’s maritime borders, promote safe navigation and commerce, protect ocean resources and maritime infrastructure, and provide for the safe and secure use of U.S. coastal and offshore areas as well as inland waterways, through science and technology, and the professional development of our nation’s current and future maritime domain workforce.

The Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships (ACCeSS)
The foremost challenge of modern U.S. Navy ship design is ensuring performance and affordability with a reduced crew size while maintaining high reliability and damage control. The Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships (ACCeSS) was thus founded in 2002 to establish an environment where engineering disciplines associated with hull design and ship automation could be brought together within the context of the total ship system architecture, thereby facilitating the creative knowledge development, educational exchanges and discipline integration required for true innovation. This unique education and research environment is subsequently employed in the recruiting, training and long-term career development of the best and brightest young engineers in the U.S.

Davidson Laboratory
The Center for Maritime Systems (CMS) at Davidson Laboratory continues the age-old tradition of employing the experimental method to solve complex problems that are otherwise intractable. Stevens Institute of Technology'’s involvement in maritime issues dates to the founding family, who among other achievements pioneered advances in steamship and propeller design in the early 1800’s and built the Yacht America, famous for initiating the America’s Cup competition in 1851. This nautical tradition continued with the founding in 1935 of the Davidson Laboratory, still one of the world’s leading facilities for naval architecture research. The laboratory'’s renowned towing tank complex is 320 feet long, 16 feet wide and 8 feet deep. With recently upgraded instrumentation, glass walls for viewing and photography, and public access improvements, the facility is vital to the Laboratory'’s contributions to fundamental and applied research in ship design, hydrodynamics and ocean engineering.

New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium
The consortium was established to provide resources for the conduct of marine science and engineering research in New Jersey coastal waters. The consortium maintains three research vessels, ranging from 25 to 60 feet in length, together with an extensive suite of oceanographic instrumentation, which is available for use by Stevens faculty and students. In addition, the consortium operates field stations at Sandy Hook and Seaville, N.J. finally, the consortium serves as a focal point for bringing together diverse specialists to attack substantial interdisciplinary problems in the marine environment.